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Faith, practice, and our wily demons

On May 15th, I (along with 157 other intrepid souls) launched a 30-day self-love challenge, using my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome. Before I tell you how that went, let me tell you a little bit about my history with self-love and 30-day challenges. Six years ago, I dedicated all of 2011 to living a more love-filled life. I called it my Year of Fearless Love  and every month that year, I assigned myself tasks intended to get me out of my comfort zone and into the world, building community and spreading love in as big and public a way as I knew how.… Read more

It’s not too late to join our self-love challenge

It’s official! Our Find Your Awesome 30-day self-love challenge has launched. Today  is Day 1: We’re texting love, talking about the stories we tell ourselves, and acknowledging how those stories (for better AND worse) shape the way we move in the world. I’ve got so much planned for the next 30 days: daily challenges (taken from my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome), daily emails of love and encouragement, fun animated videos to entertain and inspire, and a private Facebook group where we can talk about our experiences and help each other do this self-love thing (which really shouldn’t be as hard as it so often is).… Read more

Let’s all Find Our Awesome together

So much to share! First, we created a new animated video all about the Find Your Awesome 30-day Self-Love Challenge that starts May 15th. My own life has been pretty chaotic and stressful lately. I need this challenge and this community as much as anyone, and I’m incredibly psyched by the enthusiastic response so far. If it’s true that there is strength in numbers (and of course it is), then this challenge is going to be a force for transformation, peopled by the most amazing posse of self-love warriors ever.… Read more

“You can always just listen”

I want to talk about something that happened on the Humans of New York (HONY) Facebook page because I think it’s incredibly important, especially now when we’re possibly feeling less safe and more vulnerable than we ever have before. For anyone who doesn’t follow HONY, it is the brainchild of Brandon Stanton, who roams New York City (and beyond) taking pictures of people and asking them to share their stories.… Read more

The things we’d rescue from the fire, illustrated!

In my last post, I asked you guys what things you’d rescue from a fire. I got answers here, on Facebook and Instagram, and in email. Your answers were touching, and so were the stories you shared of your brushes with disaster and your losses, big and small. I took our responses and made this big doodly collage. I loved drawing it.… Read more

I’m not ready and it’s okay

So, it’s already December 12th. Christmas is less than two weeks away, and I haven’t decorated the tree or the house, or wrapped any presents. I haven’t figured out what we’re having for Christmas eve, or Christmas brunch with my parents, or Christmas dinner. It’s unusual for me to be this far into December without having made any tangible progress toward a merry Christmas.… Read more

A big, scary, painful, precious mess

I’m writing this post on Thanksgiving and feeling grateful for so many things – family, friends, dogs in general and Lexi in particular (despite how she smells because I’m pretty sure she rolled in something dead and it seems that one bath isn’t going to quite take care of it), the portobello mushrooms Chad will be stuffing for our vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner, the opposing thumbs that make so many things possible… But yesterday was hard.… Read more

The unchangeable past

Several weeks ago, I read “25 Things People in Healthy Relationships Don’t Do.” The whole post is good, especially if you’re struggling with a relationship, but the sentence I illustrated for this post has stayed with me all these weeks, poetic, profound, and true. Here’s the whole quote: “[People in healthy relationships] don’t focus on the unchangeable past. Sometimes happiness in relationships amounts to making peace with something that can’t be fixed. … Read more

The magical little things

Things haven’t really settled down since my last post, which if you missed, you should go read because, nestled in all my usual profundity, I drew my mom in a grass skirt and me in chaps, and that’s not something you see every day (sadly, because we both look amazing). In fact, I’ve been waiting for things to “get back to normal,” and only today did it occur to me that we’re not likely getting back to anything.… Read more

There’s a place inside you…

This month, one of my dearest friends invited me to participate in a full-moon fire ceremony. I said yes, not only because I love both her and fire ceremonies to pieces, but because I had been struggling with something for a long time, and I had just decided (literally the day before) that what I really needed to do was let go of it.… Read more

A love letter to the fiercely optimistic

It’s not easy to be optimistic these days. If you’re awake, if you’re paying attention at all, it’s hard to find beauty in the midst of so much violence, ugliness, intolerance, and apathy. It’s hard to believe in the goodness of humanity when so much badness is on display. But some of you do, every day, and not by sticking your head in the sand.… Read more
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